Further Covid-19 testing sites for hauliers heading to France
Ten new Covid-19 testing locations have opened up across the country for hauliers to get tested before they travel to Kent or any port heading to France, with a further 10 opening tomorrow, and more being added this week.
The government is also offering to help any business to set up a testing centre at its own premises to ensure trucks heading for France depart ‘COVID ready’.
Tests will be available at the information advice sites the government has set up for hauliers around the country, originally to provide advice about the requirements for travelling to the continent after leaving the EU. Now military personnel will be at 10 of these sites to provide COVID testing for haulage drivers, providing a negative result in the required 72-hour window before arriving in Kent, fast-tracking their access to the ports.
Lateral flow devices are being used to test hauliers that provide results within the hour and provide the necessary negative test result to allow them to continue on their journey into France.